September 12th, 2011


New K-Fan: Ladyqkat

Special congratulations to ladyqkat who reached k-fan level this month. My k-fans are folks who spend $100+ on my work per year, as described in the article "1000 True Fans" by Kevin Kelly.  (I use a different term than 'true fan' because I don't believe money is the sole indicator of loyalty.)  K-fans have a big impact on my work, in terms of deciding what the public gets to see and in terms of inspiring what I write.  It's bigger, in fact, than most magazine editors, if you were wondering about the comparative size of the footprint.  This is a significant reason why the Poetry Fishbowl has become my second-largest market overall, making up a significant chunk of our household budget.  I am deeply grateful to my k-fans, and the rest of my donors, for supporting poetry in the contemporary world.

The main perk for k-fans is a printed copy of all the published fishbowl poems of the year.  I've been running these off with my computer and binding them in folders, with a flyleaf of scrapbook paper and a personalized letter in the front.  It's basically a nano-printrun collection in which each copy is made unique for the recipient.

It's interesting to look at the donation sizes as tallied at the end of a year.  There are lots of people who make a small donation once or twice, mostly $15 or less.  Those add up collectively to a major part of the total.  Then there are some folks who make low-moderate contributions, either buying an epic or several smaller items, around $20-30.  A few folks will do high-moderate contributions, around $50-75.  The k-fans are most often people who buy something every month or nearly so.  (One $10 poem a month will do it.)  That's why they tend to appear in the second half of the year, although I've had some folks reach this level with one or two really big chunks.  So, my audience has an aggregate voice punctuated by several individual voices, and I listen to those, and I think it's really cool.  I appreciate everyone's support and acclaim.

Monday Update 9-12-11

These are some posts from the later part of last week, in case you missed them:

Day Made of WIN
Update on Surprise Story Week
Torn Tongue: Nouns Beginning with "M"
Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, September 6
Poem: "The Picket Fence Committee" (revised)
Read "the curtain rises"
Making Bigotry Not Pay (42 comments)
Poem: "A Future History of Hamlet"
Mysterious Paper Sculptures

Last week's Poetry Fishbowl went well. The followup report has details on that, including links to all the posted poems. Next theme will be "Ghosts" on October 4.

There are four epic poems in microfunding: "Restoration" tells how the radiator dragon came to live in Monster House.  See the adorable illustration by meeksp, which has received enough comments to earn a revision.  "The Accidental Hero" follows Aldornia and Zenobia when one of Aldornia's relatives unexpectedly appears in the Temple of Golden Light.  Thanks to the generally sponsored poetry fund, it posted seven  new verses last week!  "Igor's Creature" is a mix of horror and science fiction with a large helping of sociology and a wry twist of humor.  The epic poem "A Periodic Table of Elementals" is ahead of production.

Torn World writing update:
Approved as canon: "Squiggles: Excerpts from Nleimen's Journal," "On the Rocks," (fiction), "Storm Season" (poetry).  Back to me for edits: "Catch and Release," (fiction), "Seafoam Fashions," "Hide Away," "Red Glass, Green Glass," "Bitter Herbs" (poetry).  Currently in front of the canon board:  "On the Road to Inoram" (poetry).  Drafted: "Cutting Cords and Clasping Hands," "Like Ash Before the Wind," "Breaking the Ice," "From Dark to Bright," "Beached Fish," (fiction) and "The Hearsay Cafe," "The Colors of the Rainbow," "On the Road to Inoram," "Storm Season" (poetry).  In revision at home: "Water Dance," "The Green Speech," "When the Wind's Teeth Sing," (fiction).  Currently writing: "Raining Kittens," "Catch of the Day," "Reaching for the Moons" (fiction).

Here the weather is cooling off a bit.  We finally got some rain.  I have several bags of fall bulbs to plant.  Today we're doing our full moon esbat, so I'll need to log off this afternoon to put supper in the crock pot and get ready for the evening activities.

Read "Storm Season" on Torn World

You can now read my poem "Storm Season" over on Torn World.
The Duurludirj people prepare for fierce weather.

If you like this poem and want to see more like it, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Updates from Kajones Writing

Surprise Story Week begins with "13: Skyler: Inquisition Collection."  You can continue giving the author random numbers until Sunday, if you want more surprise stories.  Comments can extend stories and activate bonus content, so go make yourself heard.  A new story will appear daily for as many numbers as the author receives; keep an eye on the website to catch those.

Also online is the September Winner's Story, "The Seen Collection: Reflecting on Lost Love."

Two pieces of bonus material are up, based on my requests after finding typos in posted stories.  There is a Donor House timeline and a description of vampire eating habits.  The latter shows some interesting quirks particular to this version of vampire, and has given me a couple of ideas to prompt later.

New stories are available for sponsorship.  Some of these derive from prompts that I provided.  These two Donor House stories are already listed on the sponsorable stories page:

Caleb's story (part 1) - 1113 words
Written for [info]ysabetwordsmith[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith

John Good Road - 2008 words
Written for [info]ysabetwordsmith

As the prompter, I've already gotten to read these.  Caleb's story features a man addicted to being bitten by vampires, with a particularly evocative description of the subjective experience of addiction.  John Good Road is a character that I got to name as a perk; he is a Lakota vampire.  In this story, he's trying to explain the concept of a gift-based economy to Nick, a European vampire.  I laughed out loud through about the first half of the story, it was so apt.  (I've had  that conversation with people.)  John's story is complete as it stands.  Caleb's story and the other one I prompted, about Nick's village, are first parts which can readily be extended if people want to see more.  I'd be delighted to have any of those sponsored.

As you can see, this project has a lot of different ways to earn perks, inspire content, and otherwise get involved.  This is generating a lot of free samples that you can browse to see which series you like.  You may also want to check out the pages on "Information for Donors," "Prompts," and "Character Adoption" for further ideas.

Yes, Donor House is my favorite series, and I routed a big batch of typo perks into there. I also love the Afterlife series and I'm intrigued by Deities World.  Some of the others are kind of interesting.  Some rather creep me out.  While the author has a recognizable voice that carries throughout, each series has its own tone, and they are quite  different.  Donor House is insightful and introspective, with close attention to relationships.  I'm having loads of fun digging into the implications there.  Afterlife is introspective and numinous, with a focus on personal growth and spirituality.  Deities World is thoughtful and complex, examining what it means to take a divine role in the world.  Some of the other series are darker -- Seen and Inquisition are good choices if you like bittersharp fiction.  Astral World seems to have a tart note.  The diversity is high enough that most people will probably find something to their taste in one of the (currently 15) collections.


New Crowdfunding Project by Whatawaytoburn

Whatawaytoburn has posted a call for prompts to inspire short fiction.  This is a new project, so it's in the experimental stage.  There is a donation button but no established perks yet, nor is there a set theme.  Please drop by and leave a prompt to encourage the author, then check back later to see what kind of stories appear.

Read "Earning Perks"

There is a new article posted in the Crowdfunding section of my website.  "Earning Perks" is a list of actions that creators frequently reward with incentives.  For creators, it offers ideas on what kind of things you might want to encourage and reward.  For fans and patrons, it suggests what to watch for -- these are things that creators find helpful and are likely to reward you for doing.

Also, the Economics page has links for some new articles about the theories of 1,000 True Fans and the Long Tail.  If you haven't browsed those lists recently, take a look.